The 'Last Resort' Antibiotic Just Lost Its Fail-Safe Status
Researchers in China have found a gene resistant to what's commonly known as the "last resort" antibiotic –– and its spreading through bacteria.By Ryan Biek | November 19, 2015
Scientists in China have found a resistance gene for what's commonly known as the "last resort" antibiotic.
It's a pretty worrying discovery. Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and Europe have already died from infections that resisted treatment.
The silver lining had been colistin. The antibiotic was the only effective drug for some bacteria that had become resistant to everything else.